JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior
attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored five goals
as she helped lead No. 3 Florida to a 15-4 win over Jacksonville on
Wednesday night at Southern Oaks Stadium.
Eight different Gators scored on the evening and held the
Dolphins (1-2) to just one goal in the second half en route to
their second victory of the season. Senior attack Kitty
Cullen (Rockville, Md.), senior midfielder Brittany
Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Shannon
Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.) each added two goals in the win. Six
different Gators also added assists in the contest.
“I thought they did a fantastic job, I thought Gabi
(Wiegand) did a great job driving to the goal and Brittany
(Dashiell) drawing too and being able to distribute the ball. We
got a lot of opportunities, a lot of shots and that’s what we
were looking for tonight,” Head coach Amanda
Florida (2-0) controlled the tempo on both sides of the field,
leading the game in shots (31-13), ground balls (19-8), draw
controls (13-8) and forced 10 turnovers in the contest.
Gilroy, Barry and senior defender Kayla Stolins (Glen
Arm, Md.) led with three draw controls each while Dashiell added
two. Senior attack Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack,
N.Y.) led with four ground balls while Wiegand, senior
defender Emily Dohony and freshman midfielder Sydney
DuPre picked up two each.
Jacksonville controlled the opening draw and used nearly
three minutes of the clock as they scored first. Cullen answered by
scoring back-to-back goals to regain the lead with just under eight
minutes in the game. Dashiell added another goal in the next
minute to bump the Gators lead 3-1.
Wiegand made it a 4-1 game on a free position shot as
the Dolphin’s Amanda Hurley answered with a goal.
That’s when the Florida defense kicked in, holding
Jacksonville scoreless for the next 12 minutes. O’Leary
credit defensive play by ALC Players of the Week senior
goalie Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) and freshman
midfielder Sydney DuPre (Houston, Texas) among others on
stopping Jacksonville’s offensive attack.
“I thought Emily Dohony did a great job
tonight” O’Leary said “They (Jacksonville) like
to drive the crease and I thought Jamie (Reeg) and Emily did a
great job of denying that, Sam did a great job on the wing and
Sydney had another fantastic night.”
Meagher had six saves on the night, including four in the second
half on a total of 13 shots by the Dolphins.
“Ultimately, I feel that whole defensive unit did a
fantastic job,” O’Leary said.
Freshman attack Lauren Lea (Elkridge, Md.) scored the
first goal of her Gator career off an assist by Dashiell with 10:04
left to play in the first half. Senior attack Ashley
Bruns (Ellicot City, Md.) chipped in a goal off an assist by
Chesterman while sophomore midfielder Nora
Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) found the goal for the first time this
season while Wiegand helped make the score 8-2 headed into the
final two minutes before the half.
Jacksonville’s Hurley scored her second goal of
the game with but Wiegand found the back of the net again with :14
seconds remaining helping the Gators to a 9-3 halftime lead. The
Gators defense held JU to only five shots in the first half and
forced seven turnovers before the break.
It was all Florida in the second half as JU could only
muster one goal after the break on a Hurley goal seven minutes into
the half. Wiegand and Gilroy added two goals while Dashiell scored
oneb for UF in the second half while freshman midfielder Devon
Schneider (Lilitz, Pa.) scored her first career goal with just
under two minutes to play in the game off an assist by freshman
midfielder Carly Ross (Freeland, Md.).
The Gators are back in action on Sunday as they travel to High
Point, N.C. to face High Point. Opening draw is set for 1